Monday, August 13, 2012

Flower Girl for Challenge Me Happy ~ Challenge #27

I hope you had a lovely weekend. It was so beautiful here with a bit of rain on Saturday and cooler weather.

This is the first time I've completed a challenge over at Challenge Me Happy - what a delightful challenge site. They post such a wonderful variety of challenges twice each month. If you haven't discovered them yet, you really should hop on over and take a look at their fun challenges!!

Here is my take on the current challenge. This is my niece, Abby, at our son's wedding this past December. Isn't she a little charmer?

The current challenge over at Challenge Me Happy is a fun recipe to incorporate each of the following "ingredients":

One or more stamps (I used 5 butterfly stamps from 3 different sets.)

Two photos

Ribbon, twine or both (Ribbon roses intertwined with twine looped up as a butterfly trail)

Two or more paper clips (Three used to hang the two tassels and a charm from the twine)

No cardstock (none)

Three or more patterned papers (4 different patterns from Donna Salazar and the white doily is cut from a grungy white sheet of Basic Grey)

**Mist/Paint/ink & border punches are freebies as always!**

Handcrafted Flowers ~ For the large peony flower I used the Donna Salazar Grand Peony dies by Spellbinder and for the smaller roses I used Donna's Rose Creations dies and a tutorial by Gabrielle Pollacco. Rose Creations was also used to cut the leaves which I crinkled and inked. 
Dimensional Embossed Butterflies ~ I stamped these two butterflies twice, covered in clear embossing powder and heat set. I then fussy cut and layered them, curling the wings on the top layer for dimension. The smaller butterflies in the bottom left corner were also heat embossed and fussy cut, but are only one layer.

Paper clip hangers ~ I decided to get a bit creative with some Tim Holtz mini paper clips and used them to hang the chain tassels and sweet charm from the twine.

Die Cuts ~ I used the new Artiste Cricut Cart by CTMH to cut the gorgeous white lace doily pieces. (Well truth be told, they are actually tiara images, but they work like a doily - lol) Thanks Mandy for allowing me to use your cartridge!! (Mandy is a CTMH consultant if you are interested in this amazing cart.)

Machine Stitching ~ I zigzaged around the two large mat layers.

Distrezzing ~ I used the Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All by Zutter to distress my edges. I have to keep on saying how much I really enjoy this tool and the hours upon hours it has saved me over hand distressing.


Donna Salazar Botanique ~ Stationary
Donna Salazar Botanique ~ Bliss
Donna Salazar Antiquities ~ Harmony
Donna Salazar Antiquities ~ Wonderful
Basic Grey Olivia ~ Isabella
Fancy Pants Alpha Stickers ~ Babe

Tim Holtz Idea-ology ~ Mini Paper Clips
Tim Holtz Idea-ology ~ Chain Tassels
Explorer by Traditions ~ Charms (Hobby Lobby)
Rose Ribbon - Stash
The Paper Studio Gen Antique Poppy Brad (Hobby Lobby)
Twine ~ Stash

Technique Products:
Donna Salazar Spellbinder Dies ~ Grand Peony
Donna Salazar Spellbinder Dies ~ Rose Creations
CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Thanks Mandy!)
Bo Bunny Stamps ~ Ambrosia
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous ~ Nature's Elements
Inque Botique Stamps ~ Grunge
Martha Stewart Punch - Doily Lace
EK Success Punch Morocco Lace
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
CTMH Ink - Garnet and Greywood (Thanks Mandy!!)
TSUKINEKO Ink ~ London Fog
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Markers ~ Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ Copper Mixative, Slate
Smooch Spritz ~ Silver Foil
Sewing Machine/Thread

Scotch ATG
Hercules Tape
Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue
Helmar Zap Dots

Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All by Zutter
Cricut ~ Expression 2
Sizzix Big Shot
Ranger Craft Mat
Tim Holtz Piercing Tool
EK Success Honey Bee Scissors
Fiskars Self-healing Mat and Craft Knife

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~ 


  1. What a piece of art! It's such wonderful lo in wonderful colourcombos and great details. Just love it.
    Love n hugs

  2. Tracey, This is such a beautiful page!! I'm loving your layered embossed butterflies!! Those flowers and the charms are so great!!

  3. Your embellishments just blow me away Tracey. I love all your details, so so pretty. Those flowers and butterflies..gorgeous!

  4. oh this is just amazing!!! your flowers and butterflies just rock!!!

  5. Gorgeous layout Tracey, love all the little details you added :D

  6. Tracey, this is just beautiful! You have such a talent for making such beautiful layouts! Wonderful work!! Hope you have a great week! :)

  7. Just beautiful. She is just lovely & that little dress is adorable! I especially love your butterflies & the hanging charms. Beautiful touches!

  8. SUCH A pretty page, and LOVE that flower trim across the page!!! gorgeous!! and what a cutie!!!!

  9. Absolutely beautiful - love it!!!

  10. Wow!! Gorgeous handmade flowers...SO much great texture on this layout, love it!!

  11. This is a GORGEOUS layout Tracey....... your handmade flowers & those butterflies are Sooo Pretty!!

  12. Wow Tracey!
    Love this sweet and delicate layout. Your flowers and butterflies are gorgeous!
    Do I see another fab tutorial coming in the near future?
    ; )

  13. I love your new blog header Tracey! Very pretty design in the layout too!

  14. This is soooooooooooooo beautiful!! I love love love love the colors, the flowers, the butterflies and love love love love love those charms!!!!

  15. Oh wow! Tracey, this is exquisite! Just love the elements you've used and the entire composition!

  16. Oh Tracey this looks so beautiful.. the gorgeous photos really shine on this lovely layout.. I love the butterflies.. they look amazing!

  17. what a beautiful lo great details i love it greetings Janneke

  18. Oh so beautiful Tracey! Lovin' the 3D blossom and pretty photos!

  19. Gorgeous LO! Now following your blog. Love it!

  20. Another gorgeous page, Tracey! Your details are always amazing...the butterflies and jewelry are just so pretty! So glad you joined us at CMH, and good luck with making the team!

  21. Gorgeous the butterflies!
    Alison xx

  22. Stunning Tracey love the pics too she's a cutie!!!

  23. Tracey, your page is fabulous as always!

  24. Wow, it is such a gorgeous layout. I love the elegant colours and the wonderful flowers that you made yourself. They look fab!

  25. I think you did an amazing job with this challenge, Tracy! I especially love the pinks and the photos of your niece! Your techniquss are AWESOME, too!!!!! And thank you so much for visiting my blog! I always enjoy your visits.

  26. The LO and the little girl are both precious. Love all the different butterflies and those charms you used.

  27. Hi Tracey!!
    This is Stunning!!!! Beautiful details, love it!
    Take care! Hugs!

  28. Wow! What a beautiful LO! Have a great day!

  29. Beautiful, beautiful Tracey! The flower girl is a sweetie. You page is MAGNIFICENT. I love the idea of hanging the charm with clips.

  30. stunning work :) and thanks so much for photos of details! flowers are amazing!

  31. Yowzers! This is gorgeous! Now I see 2 more dies that I must get!!! LOL!!!

  32. Gorgeous page with so many beautiful touches that make me go aaaaah :-) Love the handmade flowers and embossed butterflies. The twine with the paperclips etc look great too. So much texture!

  33. Beautiful page love ypur flowers and cool embellies

  34. Those rich bronzes and creamy whites make this page so elegant. Blessings!

  35. Love your butterflies and blooms, Tracey. Your niece looks gorgeous!

  36. Wow, just gorgeous, Tracey! Love this page!

  37. What a beauty... your niece AND stunning page ;)! Gosh, I adore all the texture and dimension you pull into your pages! I'd really love to see how you store them!

  38. Wow, absolutely stunning!! SO much to see and love!! Glad you found our challenge site and joined us for our recipe challenge!!

  39. Phew Tracey this layout is stunning - truly beautiful and so well crafted - love it!! My favourite part is the contrast of the raw twine over the delicate bloomers - looks awesome!

  40. Oh my goodness!!! How beautiful! Your layouts are just stunning!! Love everything about it! Perfection!

  41. Tracey this is such a beautiful layout! Love all the work and creativity you put into creating your page and embellies! Your work is so inspiring!

  42. Truly tantalizing techniques and dazzling features. Love it!


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